Satirist and comic John Fortune dies aged 74

Performer and writer who made his name alongside John Bird and Rory Bremner died peacefully on Tuesday

John Fortune, one of Britain’s best-known satirists, has died aged 74.


His agent Vivienne Clore confirmed he died today with his wife Emma and dog Grizelle at his bedside. 

A member of the Cambridge Footlights, Fortune was best known for his work alongside fellow-comic John Bird (above,left), and impressionist Rory Bremner (above, centre) on series including Rory Bremner, Who Else?  In 1997, he won a Bafta for best light entertainment performance on the show.

“I’m so sorry to let you know that my friend John Fortune died this morning,” Bremner tweeted today.  He described Fortune as a”lovely man” and a “dear friend” as well as a “brilliant & fearless satirist.”

As well as his television writing and performances, Fortune worked extensively on radio satire, as well as appearing in a number of films including Woody Allen’s Match Point and The Tailor of Panama.


Fortune is survived by his wife and three children.